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Re: Rebel Van Rebuild

Post by DARK STAR » Wed Dec 19, 2012 8:35 am

Great stuff, and excellent photos, I love this thread.

As far as being blown about by winds and traffic, I had the same problem with my Marcos.
The solution is to go faster (honest, officer I had to go faster to stop being blown off the road).
It can even be explained scientifically - with an increase in speed the relative mass is augmented along with the linear momentum,
reducing the effect of sideways forces!
But if your top speed is 50+ mph it may not be possible to implement this ...

Incidentally I like the shabby paint, too, keep it like that.


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Re: Rebel Van Rebuild

Post by Gemini Bob » Wed Dec 19, 2012 9:03 am

I wish I still fitted in one as I would love one for a run about, keep up the good work Joe :D


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Re: Rebel Van Rebuild

Post by Roger Pennington » Wed Dec 19, 2012 12:17 pm

Well done Joe, nice to see it earning it's keep and doing what it was built for. That's the best way to keep it healthy in the future. The Rostyle wheels are a nice period touch too. :D


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Re: Rebel Van Rebuild

Post by geoffp67 » Wed Dec 19, 2012 12:51 pm

How did I miss this thread ? I never wanted one before, the 70mpg version appeals if only fot taking the dog out, running errands, filling with junk, in fact normal everyday life. Normal ? Whats that ? Whos normal on here ?



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Re: Rebel Van Rebuild

Post by windy » Wed Dec 19, 2012 2:09 pm

geoffp67 wrote:How did I miss this thread ? I never wanted one before, the 70mpg version appeals if only fot taking the dog out, running errands, filling with junk, in fact normal everyday life. Normal ? Whats that ? Whos normal on here ?
They are very versatile, and can carry a lot more than most imagine. My estates rear seat folds flat which gives lots of load area, however the dog prefers to stretch out on the front passenger seat, with his head resting on my left leg.... 70mpg is a bit optimistic though, with the 850cc engine I get around 50mpg but do have a heavy right foot. With the revised rear axle it can usually maintain a steady 70mph if needed & it's reduced the cabin noise no end.
Nice work by the way Joe, please keep the pics coming :)



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Re: Rebel Van Rebuild

Post by geoffp67 » Wed Dec 19, 2012 3:48 pm

I suppose the kitten is similar ?
no tax, classis insurance, real world 50mpg, then add lpg, makes a good runabout.

my dog does that too - she is getting a bit spoilt, more discipline has started, I need to her come when she is called every time, retrieve and give to me every time, she is supposed to work to pay her food bill. Vets bills another matter, today she has a blockage in her gut after eating somethnig she shouldnt have, probably half a walking boot, had to rush her in for an operation :cry: shant explain the details here as I doubt anyone wants to read it :( Does dent the car mending budget :(



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Re: Rebel Van Rebuild

Post by Joe. » Sat Nov 16, 2013 8:25 pm

Been a while since I last wrote about the van, but that's mostly because its been driven more than it has been worked on. It goes up and down the country regularly, carries huge amounts of stuff (given its size) and is generally a very practical thing to have.

Back in the summer it was treated a brake overhaul. Including new wheel cylinders, all new cupro-nickel brake lines and flexi hoses. A new 3/4" Girling master cylinder has given the brakes a firmer and more responsive pedal (I highly recommend this mod to other rebel owners.) At the same time a front anti roll bar was fitted, its a slightly tidier job than on the red rebel as it didn't need any welding to fit.

Only a couple of photos of that work:

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There have been other improvements too, its currently running with Electronic ignition, I've bought carpet, paint and door cards for the interior. I still need to order a headlining to replace the polystyrene tiles which have been stripped out. I also plan to fit the folding rear bench seat, This was a factory option on the van and will hopefully make up for the holes in the loading bay floor.

When the Rebel estate was sold some of the money was put into getting 2 sets of GAZ shock absorbers made up (one for the van and one for the red rebel. The shocks have passed 2 MOT'S but had been getting progressively worse, resulting in a very bouncy ride and somewhat unpredictable handling. We went for Adjustable all round, the rears have been made so that they can be converted to coil-overs at a future date.

Fitting the fronts:

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The old ones (seen better days!)

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I'll finish with a few photos of the van on a recent trip to Devon...

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Re: Rebel Van Rebuild

Post by ScimitarMatt » Sat Nov 16, 2013 8:55 pm

I still miss it but love seeng it being used properly, all power to you Joe


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Re: Rebel Van Rebuild

Post by Taggers » Sat Nov 16, 2013 8:56 pm

Nice job, great pictures.

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Re: Rebel Van Rebuild

Post by Joe. » Wed Apr 06, 2016 10:32 am

Thread Bump....

Thinking of putting this van up for sale as I've not been using it much, It Passed its MOT on it this morning and has had a recent new battery and a few other jobs done,

Its in Littlehampton, I will write up a full advert for it at some point but in the meantime heres a few photos:

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If you fancy viewing it / taking it for a test drive please send me a PM,

Cheers Joe
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Re: Rebel Van Rebuild - FOR SALE

Post by ScimitarMatt » Wed Apr 06, 2016 11:11 am

You did an amazing job of it Joe, I'm so thrilled to see it alive again. If you email me directly at scimitarmatt@mac.com with your address I'll try and post the original front numberplate to you

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Re: Rebel Van Rebuild - FOR SALE

Post by roymck » Thu Nov 24, 2016 8:30 am

Did this sell?



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Re: Rebel Van Rebuild - FOR SALE

Post by Joe. » Thu Nov 24, 2016 10:51 pm

Nah, I got messed around by a buyer (who paied a desposit and then changed his mind and wasted my time) After that I never renewed the adverts, With the GTE off the road for the engine upgrade It was useful to have it available occasionally to use on the 28 mile round trip to work.

I'd still sell it if the right buyer came along.



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Re: Rebel Van Rebuild - FOR SALE

Post by Mia » Wed Jun 28, 2017 9:44 am

Have you sold this yet? And how much are you asking? I don't live far from where you picked it up.
I noticed reading this thread that the number plate took on 3 different versions, which is correct?
GKT 733L
GKT 736L OR
GKT 737L :?:



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